October 2007

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HPIn Europe: World's oceans: harmless emissions sink or fuel-quality Jurassic Park?

The controversy over bunker fuels is growing and broadening its reach. Dominic Boot, director of the Netherlands Petroleum Industries Association (VNPI) was recently in touch. He sees calls for a new ..

Wright, Tim L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The controversy over bunker fuels is growing and broadening its reach. Dominic Boot, director of the Netherlands Petroleum Industries Association (VNPI) was recently in touch. He sees calls for a new distillate-based bunkers standard as a Quixotesque railing against windmills. He says the investment costs associated with the dieselization of the world's marine fleet are extravagant: "and without a demonstrable improvement for the environment," he adds. VNPI's concern is understandable. After all, we are talking about finding an additional 250 million metric tons of middle distillate and putting it not into the already tight onroad and jet markets, but into the world's ships. Nevertheless,

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